Monday, June 30, 2008
Dr. Henry Morgentaler to Receive Order of Canada
Tonight or tomorrow morning, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada will be announcing this year's recipients of the Order of Canada.
And so rumour would have it, after years and years of Dr. Morgentaler's name being thrown into the list of nominees for the Order of Canada, this year's panel finally voted in favour of the motion.
This year's committee for the O of C consisted of 9 members. The vote favoured Dr. Morgentaler by a tally of 7-2. Justice Beverly McLaughlin apparently waived the usual unanimous vote rule for Dr. Mogentaler's nomination approval. Good for her. And, although I don't have a list of the members of the Chancellery, I do know that 2of them are reported to be the Clerk of the Privy Counsel and the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage (possibly the two votes against).
There is also a wee rumour that no less than 47 members of the Conservative Caucus have written a joint letter to Prime Minister Harper vehemently asking him to distance himself from this travesty. 47? That's all? I bet David Sweet was one of them!
It should be interesting watching the PM squirm when being asked about this matter. I mean his core constituency will be livid. I'd also like to see how he handles his need to warm up to female voters when it comes to this issue as well.
It's a great day for the pro-choice side of the debate. Congratulations Dr. Morgentaler!